Small and friendly....relaxed. I got to know everybody...Best sleep I've ever had....never disturbed at any time. No bank at the resort, so change your $'s at the airport, but Ruben, behind the bar can often help you, but he makes a bit on it....that's only fair. Ruben runs a taxi service too and is connected, if you want anything, snorkling/diving/fishing/cigars....you name it, he'll set you up. I found him to be honest and helpful. I got to know his whole family...I like to go to a country and meet the real people..His taxi is the red Lada. Leo is another great service provider, good english as-well and a 1951 Willis jeep...safe and reliable taxi. The horse-driven carriages are parked just outside the resort gates, they are a bit intimidating..sometimes eight or so hangin' around....but I got to know them all...honest and friendly, but no english at all. Jordi took me to find cigars and another time for a shave and a coconut,,,just had a ball. He is the big fella with the broad smile. He stopped at his home to introduce me to his children and wife. On my last day he took for a tour and wouldn't take a nickle or a peso. Let me drive his carriage as well.
Food was ok, but not great, but if you order in the morning you can get a wonderful lobster dinner with a bottle of wine for 9 peso, highly recommended...
Very rural setting, I love to be surrounded by fields, farms and livestock. I stopped my mo-ped to ask a farmer if I could film him ploughing with oxen...no problem....but to beat that he let me do a couple of passed turning down corn stubble....how cool is this??????
Never felt safer....wondered all around before and after dark...many Canadians were invited in for coffee or dinner...
It took us a couple of days to figure everything out, no-one there to give you much guidance. That was the fun....seemed like that was the job of the "repeaters", to help the "newbies".
I have a lot of good stories....nothing bad at all....I did not want the 5 star situation...it embarrasses me....I told my travel agent I wanted straw mattresses and bunk beds....this don't come close....comfortable rooms/quiet/relaxed/friendly folks...what more can you desire....My kinda place....
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Islazul Don Lino Hotel Rafael Freyre
- Hotel Islazul Don Lino
- Islazul Don Lino Hotel
- Islazul Villa Don Lino Holguin Province, Cuba